McAfee Mobile Security & Lock for Android review, manual and guides

by Olivia Morelli - -

McAfee Mobile Security & Lock for Android[1] is developed by one of the industry leaders McAfee. McAfee, Inc is an American-based security software provider which is headquartered in Santa Clara, California, USA. The company offers its customers comprehensive cybersecurity solutions for computers, mobile devices, endpoints, networks, computers, and clouds. The company was founded in back in 1987 and since then has successfully operated in the security industry.

McAfee Mobile Security and Lock ReviewMcAfee provides a variety of mobile security and optimization tools including McAfee Mobile Security & Lock, True Key by McAfee, Safe Family – Parental Control, Mobile Booster & Cleaner, McAfee Security Innovations, McAfee Endpoint Assistant, McAfee Personal Locker, McAfee Secure Container, McAfee Family Protection.

McAfee Mobile Security & Lock is a free application that also has a Premium version, which includes Phone Support, Media Upload and does not display ads in its interface.

The application is available on the official Google Play app store[2] and was installed over 10 millions times. It has a rating of 4.4 out of 5. McAfee LifeSafe and McAfee All Access customers get the premium version of McAfee Mobile Security & Lock.

McAfee Mobile Security is compatible with Android 4.1 and later, it is also compatible with Android Wear.

McAfee Mobile Security and Privacy

Test Results

Antivirus protection

We tested the software on our test smartphone Samsung Galaxy S8 G950F with 64GB. The installation was pretty quick and simple. Once we installed the application, it performed a very first system scan. The software detected and successfully removed malicious installs and malware. According to our small test, the application did a very decent job.

In addition, the independent AV-TEST testing lab[3] tested the McAfee Mobile Security application in its latest tests (March – April 2018) and noted its very decent detection rates. McAfee Mobile Security detected 99.8% of the latest Android malware in real time and 100% of the latest Android malware discovered in the last 4 weeks.

All in one, we could say that McAfee Mobile Security & Lock for Android has almost excellent antivirus protection.

In addition, the software also protects users while browsing online and supports all the major browsers, including Internet Explorer 9.0 or higher, Mozilla Firefox 30 or higher, Safari 6.1 or higher and Google Chrome.

Additional features

As a free application, McAfee Mobile Security & Lock offers a very decent set of Anti-Theft, Security, Privacy, Performance Optimizations and Antivirus features. Free Anti-Theft and Security features include Security Lock and Capture, Anti-Spyware, Remotely Wipe Data, SMS Backup, Contacts Backup and Restore Data. In addition, Anti-Theft features enable users to locate, track and set an alarm on the device and prevent thieves from uninstalling the application on your device. Users can remotely manage their mobile security features from the web portal.

When it comes to Privacy protection, McAfee offers Multi-User App Profiles, App Lock, App Protection, and Call Blocker and SMS Filter.

Performance Optimization features include Widget, Battery Optimizer, Memory Cleanup, and Track Data Usage.

Finally, Antivirus and Web Protection include mobile security antivirus and virus removal, Safe Web Surfing which blocks access to risky sites and Free Virus Cleaner.

Premium features, as it was mentioned before, include Phone Support, Media Upload and does not show any ads on the interface.

McAfee Mobile Security ID Theft Features

System-performance impact

While we tested McAfee Mobile Security & Lock we did not notice any negative impact on the system. The device has run smooth and quick, as it ran before we installed the application.

According to AV-TEST, McAfee Mobile Security & Lock has almost zero impact on the battery life, it also does not slow down the device during normal usage. When it comes to traffic, AV-TEST indicates that the application does not generate too much traffic.

Scanning performance

McAfee Mobile Security & Lock offers users scheduled scans that can be set at a specific time or weekly. The application is able to scan applications in order to check if they leak sensitive data. The full initial scan is designed not to use too much system resources, so scans run smoothly without a major impact on a system. The full scan completed in less than a minute, which is about average. We would say, the scanner works well and accurately.

Customer support

Phone customer support is only available if you purchase the premium version of the software, or you are existing user of McAfee LifeSafe or McAfee All Access. Users can call or chat with a customer service or a technical support if needed. Users can also reach a paid service offering help with virus removal, device and software set-up, troubleshooting and PC tune-ups. The website is also very informative, as McAfee has a Community page.

User interface

McAfee Mobile Security & Lock has a simple and easy to navigate interface. All the main features are accessible in the side menu. The subsections are well-organized. The interface also offers some visual appeals.

McAfee Mobile Optimization tools

The final verdict

McAfee Mobile Security & Lock has improved and now it offers a reliable advanced antivirus protection for Android users. In addition, as a free application, McAfee Mobile Security offers many useful features that include Anti-Theft and Security, Antivirus and Web Security, Privacy and Performance Optimization features. The interface is appealing and easy to use. We would say McAfee Mobile Security & Lock is one of the best; offering and reliable free security applications for Android.

Feature Score
Antivirus protection Excellent
Security and Privacy features A very decent set of Free Security, Privacy, Optimization features 
Scanning performance Average and accurate system scans
System-performance hit Light system-performance impact
User interface Simple

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Olivia Morelli
Olivia Morelli - Senior Media writer

Olivia Morelli is a senior media writer on Her favorite topic to write about is ransomware attacks and how to deal with them, but she also enjoys covering the topics of other types of malware and VPNs.

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